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SubjectRe: /dev/random: really secure?
At 09:21 AM 12/18/2000 +0100, Karel Kulhavy wrote:
> > There are hidden sources of entropy. One is clock skew between
> the keyboard
> > processor's clock, the keyboard controller's clock, and the CPU clock
> > generator's PLL. Another is data motion between the CPU cache and main
>
>In the RFC 1750, they write it is not recommended to rely on computer
>clocks to
>generate random. Isn't it this case?

This is the case, but the important thing that David Schwartz said is that
it does not rely on the time in a clock, but rather on the pretty much
completely random skew between several independent clocks. Any particular
oscillator will vary in speed semi-randomly, and if you compare multiple
clocks you can get pretty random numbers.

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